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Open Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats
at the time of the 2008 General Election


Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats...
Open (incumbent not running for re-election)
No incumbent running
Uncontested (one candidate running)
Multiple incumbents running


 
IncumbentPartyOfficeReason for not seeking re-election
Alabama
Governor Bob RileyRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Congressman Terry EverettRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 26 September 2007: Announced that he is retiring and will not seek re-election.
Congressman Robert Edward "Bud" Cramer, Jr.DemocraticHouse CD 5Open Seat. Announced he would not seek re-election 13 March 2008.
Arizona
Governor Janet NapolitanoDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit.
Monday 1 December 2008: Nominated for Secretary of Homeland Security by President-elect Obama
Congressman Richard G. "Rick" RenziRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. 23 August 2007: Announced that he will not seek re-election. On 22 February 2008, Congressman Renzi was indicted on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, extortion, and insurance fraud.
California
Governor Arnold SchwarzeneggerRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Congressman John Taylor DoolittleRepublicanHouse CD 4Open Seat. 10 January 2008: Congressman Doolittle announced that he would not seek reelection.
18 April 2007: media reports state that FBI agents have raided the home of Congressman John T. Doolittle as part of an investigation into the Jack Abramoff influence buying scandal.
Congressman Duncan HunterRepublicanHouse CD 52Open Seat. On 22 March 2007 Congressman Hunter indicated he does not intend to seek re-election. Ran for President in 2008. On 19 January 2008 the congressman ended his Presidential campaign.
Colorado
Senator A. Wayne AllardRepublicanSenate Class 2Open Seat. Announced retirement 15 January 2007 effective at the end of this term.
Senator Ken SalazarDemocraticSenate Class 3Open Seat. 12 December 2008: Nominated for Secretary of the Interior by President-elect Obama.
Congressman Mark E. UdallDemocraticHouse CD 2Open Seat. Ran for and won the Senate Class 2 seat in 2008
Congressman Thomas Gerard "Tom" TancredoRepublicanHouse CD 6Open Seat. On 29 October 2007 Congressman Tancredo announced he would not seek a 6th term in Congress. He formally entered the 2008 Presidential contest on Monday 2 April 2007 and withdrew on 20 December 2007.
Connecticut
Senator Christopher J. DoddDemocraticSenate Class 3Open Seat. On 10 January 2007, Senator Dodd announced that he is running for President in 2008. He has stated that he will not be a candidate for re-election to the Senate in 2010.
Delaware
Governor Ruth Ann MinnerDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Florida
Senator Mel MartinezRepublicanSenate Class 3Open Seat. 2 December 2008: Announced he would not run for re-election.
Congressman David Joseph "Dave" Weldon, Jr.RepublicanHouse CD 15Open Seat. 25 January 2008: Announced retirement
Georgia
Governor Sonny PerdueRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Hawaii
Governor Linda LingleRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Idaho
Senator Larry E. CraigRepublicanSenate Class 2Open Seat. Announced his resignation on 1 September 2007. On 4 October 2007 Senator Craig announced he would retire at the end of his term and not run for re-election.
Illinois
Senator Barack ObamaDemocraticSenate Class 3Vacant Office. Senator Barack Obama was elected to the Presidency 4 November 2008. He resigned from the Senate on 16 November 2008.
Congressman Rahm EmanuelDemocraticHouse CD 5Vacant Office. On Wednesday 5 November 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced Congressman Rahm Emanuel would be his Chief of Staff. Congressman Emanuel resigned from Congress on 2 January 2009.
Congressman Gerald C. "Jerry" WellerRepublicanHouse CD 11Open Seat. 21 September 2007: Congressman Weller stated that he will not seek re-election.
Congressman Ray LaHoodRepublicanHouse CD 18Open Seat. 27 July 2007: Announced he will not run for re-election in 2008.
19 December 2008: Nominated for Secretary of Transportation in the Obama Administration.
Kansas
Senator Samuel D. "Sam" BrownbackRepublicanSenate Class 3Open Seat. 19 October 2007: Withdrew his candidacy for President and announced his retirement at the end of his term.
Governor Kathleen SebeliusDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Kentucky
Congressman Ron LewisRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 29 January 2008: Withdrew
Louisiana
Congressman James Otis "Jim" McCrery, IIIRepublicanHouse CD 4Open Seat. 7 December 2007: Announced he would not seek re-election in 2008.
Maine
Governor John Elias BaldacciDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Congressman Thomas H. "Tom" AllenDemocraticHouse CD 1Open Seat. Candidate for Senate in 2008
Maryland
Congressman Wayne T. GilchrestRepublicanHouse CD 1Lost Primary / No Longer Running. Defeated in 12 February Primary
Michigan
Governor Jennifer M. GranholmDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Minnesota
Congressman Jim RamstadRepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. 17 September 2007: Announced that he will not seek re-election.
Mississippi
Governor Haley BarbourRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Congressman Charles W. "Chip" Pickering, Jr.RepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. On 16 August 2007, Congressman Pickering stated that he will not seek re-election in 2008.
Missouri
Governor Matt BluntRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. 22 January 2008: Announced he would not run for re-election.
Congressman Kenny Charles HulshofRepublicanHouse CD 9Open Seat. Announced he will seek the Governor's Chair 29 January 2008. Received his party's Gubernatorial nomination 5 August 2008.
Nebraska
Senator Charles T. "Chuck" HagelRepublicanSenate Class 2Open Seat. Announced his retirement on 10 September 2007.
New Jersey
Congressman H. J. "Jim" SaxtonRepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. Announced retirement 9 November 2007
Congressman Mike FergusonRepublicanHouse CD 7Open Seat. 19 November 2007: Announced he would not run for re-election.
New Mexico
Senator Pete V. DomeniciRepublicanSenate Class 2Open Seat. 4 October 2007: Announced retirement at the end of his current term.
Governor William B. "Bill" RichardsonDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit. Was a President canddiate in 2008.
Wednesday 3 December 2008: Nominated for Secretary of Commerce by President-elect Obama.
Congressman Heather A. WilsonRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. Running for the Class 2 Senate Seat in 2008.
Congressman Stevan E. "Steve" PearceRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. Running for the Class 2 Senate Seat in 2008
Congressman Tom UdallDemocraticHouse CD 3Open Seat. Running for the Class 2 Senate Seat in 2008
New York
Congressman Vito J. FossellaRepublicanHouse CD 13Open Seat. Congressman Vito J. Fossella was arrested between midnight and 2am Thursday 1 May 2008 in Alexandria, Virginia and charged with driving while intoxicated. Media reports of 19 May 2008 state that Congressman Fossella will announce that he will not seek reelection on 20 May 2008: in addition to the drunk driving allegation, there are ethical questions about a trip the Congressman took to Europe which included his admitted mistress and whether this junket was at taxpayers' expense.
Congressman Michael R. McNultyDemocraticHouse CD 21Open Seat. Announced retirement 29 October 2007
Congressman James T. WalshRepublicanHouse CD 25Open Seat. 24 January 2007: Announced he would not seek re-election.
Congressman Thomas M. "Tom" ReynoldsRepublicanHouse CD 26Open Seat. Announced retirement 20 March 2008
North Carolina
Governor Mike EasleyDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Ohio
Congressman David Lee "Dave" HobsonRepublicanHouse CD 7Open Seat. Announced retirement 14 October 2007
Congressman Deborah D. PryceRepublicanHouse CD 15Open Seat. Announced retirment 16 August 2007
Congressman Ralph S. RegulaRepublicanHouse CD 16Open Seat. Announced retirement 12 October 2007
Oklahoma
Governor Brad HenryDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Oregon
Governor Theodore R. "Ted" KulongoskiDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Congressman Darlene HooleyDemocraticHouse CD 5Open Seat. Announced she would not run for re-election on Thursday 7 February 2008
Pennsylvania
Governor Edward G. "Ed" RendellDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Congressman John E. PetersonRepublicanHouse CD 5Open Seat. Announced that he would not seeek re-election on 3 January 2008.
Rhode Island
Governor Donald L. CarcieriRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
South Carolina
Governor Marshall C. "Mark" Sanford, Jr.RepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
South Dakota
Governor Mike RoundsRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Tennessee
Governor Philip N. "Phil" BredesenDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Congressman David DavisRepublicanHouse CD 1Lost Primary / No Longer Running. Defeated in 7 August 2008 Primary
Texas
Senator Kay Bailey HutchisonRepublicanSenate Class 1Open Seat. 15 October 2007: Announced she would not seek re-election and may step down before the end of her current term.
Utah
Congressman Christopher B. "Chris" CannonRepublicanHouse CD 3Lost Primary / No Longer Running. Defeated in 24 June Primary
Virginia
Senator John William WarnerRepublicanSenate Class 2Open Seat. 31 August 2007: Announced retirement effective at the end of his current term.
Governor Timothy M. "Tim" KaineDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Congressman Thomas M. "Tom" Davis, IIIRepublicanHouse CD 11Vacant Office. 30 January 2008: Announced that he will not seek re-election. Resigned 24 November 2008.
Wyoming
Governor Dave FreudenthalDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Congressman Barbara L. CubinRepublicanHouse At-LargeOpen Seat. Announced retirement 9 November 2007
 
 
Tally
OfficeReason for Open Chair or Seat
Term LimitVoluntaryVacantLost PrimaryTotal
GovernorRepublican81009
Democratic1300013
CongressmanRepublican0251329
Democratic06107
SenatorRepublican08008
Democratic02103
Totals21423369
 
 

Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

 


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